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Dang.  I think I’ll be heading over to Psycho Donuts today.  Really want one of these –













Also, there’s a comic book shop next door. Double-win!

Weirdness and donuts

I came across Psycho Donuts on a “Top 10 Weird Donuts” list.  Not sure why they chose the Donut Fries  as the prime example of “weird” there.   Donut Fries are “weird” in the same  way that the fast food kid’s meal option of  “apple fries with carmel dipping sauce” is “weird”.  Why not the “Psycho Donut” …  which involves pretzels and a bit of chili powder? The Nutty Cookie Monster?  Even the “Headbanger”  (actually, the “Massive Head Trauma” donut.  The official name was changed due to threats from the soulless forces of political correctness.)

Anyhoo… the list in question seemed to be more about foreign donuts than weird donuts.  (“Gasp!  Pumpkin?  In a sweat treat?  Those Crazy Spaniards!!!  Coconut custard filling???  In  a donuts?!??!!  Thai MADNESS!!!”)

Is “weird” really “cute” or “foreign”?  I sez no.

donut usb drives

Now *these* are weird donuts (if edible).

“Offensivity” One of the best Bloom County strips. Evah.


Donut Guide for El Lay!

I came across this list of “exotic” donut shops in the LA area.  I guess someone came down with a case of Psycho Donut envy.  Anyhoo, the list includes a presonal favorite of mine, Stan’s Corner Donuts.  Stan’s is the home of the (formerly Rece’s) Peanut Butter Donut… a donut suffed with peanut butter and covered with chocolate icing & chocolate chips.  A meal in itself!

Psycho Donuts franchises?


Wow… so soon?

I guess it helps when you get so much free publicity, but still…!

Well, good luck guys!

More Commenty Fun! (or, Fat Times at Ridgemont High!)

In reply to The ridiculous contoversy of Psycho Donuts (examiner.com), Melany,  a Well Meaning Oppressor generate another “scoking” What-If scenario :

Family member name affected by mental illness: Travis. When did mental illness become part of pop culture? When the civil rights act was first implemented, there were idiots who thought it was moronic too. It your concern is the taste of a donut, then why does the name of facility matter. I guess you do not believe in equal rights for fat people too. I see that you are chubby and clearly like donuts, so what would happen if we created a donut shop called Chubby Fatso, which would include your segment of the population? Would your feelings not be hurt? It may seem like not a big deal to you, but those of us who battle the stigma each day, dont want society making a joke of those we love fatso.

Let’s go down the list :

  1. Having  a “family member” “affected”  by “mental illness”  doesn’t make you a spokesman for anyone.  Sorry.
  2. Mental illness has been part of  “pop culture” from before it was called “Mental Illness”.  Look at  King Lear, Victorian Novels.  Poe.  Fritz Lang.  Alfred Hitchcock. The Joker. Twilight ZoneMonty Python’s Flying Circus.
  3. It’s always fun to assume that since some people though something good (ie, the Civil Rights Act) thought it was “moronic”, anything thought to be moronic is therefore good.   Lots of things were thought to be “moronic”, too : Slavery, Nazism, Communism, racism, phrenology, etc, etc.
  4. I note this in a lot of these Psych protester types – they tend to make attacks personal;  “I see that you are chubby…”. They just don’t seem to grasp that there are many things that are only offensive if directed at individuals.
  5. Finally, the “shocking” idea of a restaurant that invokes “fat”-ness.  Oh my.  There couldn’t possibly be examples.

Time for a celebration of Culinary Fattitude!

Try the Double Chili-Cheese!

Try the Double Chili-Cheese!

Bob's Big Boy

Bob's Big Boy


Heart Attack Grill

Heart Attack Grill



To close, let’s go international!

Chubby Maid Café

Chubby Maid Café

More later, maybe… this is fun!

Self-Annointed Guardians Make World a Worse Place

Apparently, the politically, correct Psych Thugs have succeeded in getting Psycho Donuts to become more generic, renaming the Massive Head Trauma and Bipolar donuts.

small amout of hyperbole

small amount of hyperbole

Two things are sad here :

  1. You know this isn’t going to appease the Politically Correct; they will demand more.  Guaranteed.
  2. The PC folks will think that their cultural vandalism is some kind of great victory for humanity.  Pity them.

Anyhoo, here’s davidsbass’ take on this :

Bright and early I stood with a cluster of confection enthusiasts wondering why the door of Psycho Donuts didn’t open precisely at 7:00 as advertised.

“Maybe that’s part of the shtick, opening up at erratic, moody moments, rather than being punctual like any other business.”  I said. It was a charitable interpretation.  Nurse Ratched was just running late.  After brushing back her hair and fixing the gig lines of her uniform, she opened the door to an eager throng.

They’d all been here before.  They just cared about the donuts, and nearly every one of them walked out with a box of a dozen.  I just wanted to soak in the scene, snap a few hurried cellphone shots, and order a bipolar or two.

But they weren’t calling them that anymore.  Apparently the protesters had gained some ground.  Now they were the innocuous, almost hippie-dippie “Duality” donuts.  I felt cheated.

So did the guy with the art-sculpture crash-helmet.  “I notice you’ve renamed ‘Massive Head Trauma'” to something unremarkable and dull.

The attending nurse didn’t know about the reclassification of the donuts to more socially acceptable and therefor tepid terms.  This was something Bike Helmet and I caught onto.  (I’m only calling him Bike Helmet because while we conversed, we never introduced ourselves, beyond my saying I was bipolar and his having caught my remarks to nbcbayarea.com.  he was a serious cyclist, with those special shoes and locking pedals, form fitting tights to cheat the wind, and a sculpted piece of headgear no doubt displayed in museums of modern art.  And he was just as serious about his morning sugar fix for himself and his co-workers).

The interior of Psycho Donuts is an amazing collage of creativity and thematically focused execution.  This is the vibrant makeover of a dull and mundane business niche some imaginative team of entrepreneurs has made a showcase of.  This is what a bunch of well intentioned but too politically correct, i.e., repressive, minded advocates of mental health and the rights of the disabled picketed.  Not only have I argued elsewhere (see “Why, I Buy ‘m at Psycho Donuts, of Course!“) that this was misguided and failed to seize the better opportunity this business afforded, but I would think in today’s economic blight, any business with this degree of verve, creativity, and thoughtfulness ought to be lauded, not picketed.

Donut version of Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus!

Yes, that fine direct-to-video film in the form of pastry!

mega shark vs giant  octopus donut

(From the good people at Voodoo Donuts!)

Obama Staffer Flies Cross-Country with Special Treat!

His taste in beer is lacking, but Obama is a doughnut gourmet!

His taste in beer is lacking, but Obama is a doughnut gourmet!

(It’s possible he’s just sucking up to cops after the “incident“, but I think his donut-eating is sincere.  Just my opinion, though.)

… a nurse is a nurse of curse of curse …

Oh here’s a fun snip. One Rob Carver says of the Psycho Donuts nurses :

Being a nurse, I take personal offense that their workers are allowed to impersonate licensed professional workers with their scrub outfits and stethoscopes. I’ll be contacting the California State Nursing Association for sure!

First, this is amusing just for the sheer ridiculousness of it.  Enjoy!

The Hat of Controversy!

The Hat of Controversy!

This mainly got my attention, cuz it made me think of way back when I was working at good old Oacis Healthcare Systems.  I needed an icon to represent an online nursing system that we would be monitoring with our new product.   I scanned in some clipart of a nurse, with the old-fashion nurse hat and all.  When we gave an internal demo, one of my coworkers said that the nurse hat was no longer worn.. and some nurses thought it was offensive and demeaning.

So we had to change the icon.

Now Rob is griping cuz it is sacred.

Go fig.

Parting shot : … have the makers of Hot Nurse Costumes been reported?

The face (&ct) of evil.

The face (&ct) of evil.

Craigslist Posting For Donut Protest

(craigslist postings go away after 60 days, so I thought I’d preserve this event posting here.)

8/2: Noon to 2pm – Help Stamp Out Freedom – Protest Psycho Donuts!!!! (campbell)

Date: 2009-08-01, 9:29PM PDT
Reply to: event-rnpsp-1301332445@craigslist.org

Psycho Donuts is a business in Campbell, CA that says it is a “fun mental institution” and a “lighthearted insane asylum”; has a padded cell where customers can have their photos taken wearing a straightjacket; has doughnuts called “Massive Head Trauma”, “Feng Shui”, “Psycho Panda” & “Bipolar”; has “group therapy” table where people can sit and we like to pretend that there are “shock treatment” areas so it sounds like, ooooooo scaaaaary. Oh yeah, there’s a Bates Motel sign, and we really don’t like the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Stereotypes are no joke! So we choose to act like them to show you how serious they truly are!

58,000 people are confined in mental institutions in the US and one of these days we might well join them! I mean really, we are willing to stomp on the freedoms of others, in order to fell better about ourselves. Doesn’t that say something to you?

Stereotypes CAUSE discrimination & stigma ruins lives – so please, please, please help us to spread stigma but inflicting it upon a small business serving the people of Campbell, Ca.

When did we decide it is OK to ridicule people who are different? Last Tuesday, just before we planned this event.

For over two months, many local disability organizations have tried, without success, to educate Psycho Donuts business owners and ask them to close their store, fire their employees and put on hairshirts and ashes. We’d like them to sow salt in the earth, so nothing will ever grow on the land again, but were flexible on that. Even STILL, they have refused, saying “Because donuts have no feelings, they won’t be upset that we’re making fun of them.”

This is shameful. Donuts have more feelings than many people. Science has proven this time and again.

In addition, the Campbell City Council, the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Clara Mental Health Board and Campbell’s State Legislators have been approached by the same local disability organizations, asking them to broker a meeting with the business owners, but they have said there is nothing they can do. Something about a thing called “the first amendment” or “first commandment” or first something. We’re NOT SURE. It is DISCRIMINATORY to use clever words like that to confuse us.

Anyway – shame on the City of Campbell for allowing this to happen! Really! Even though we just indicated that there is nothing they CAN do! SHAME!!!!!

There IS something YOU can do – JOIN US on Sunday, August 2nd @ 12 noon sharp

We need large numbers in order order to send a LOUD and clear massage to the owners of Psycho Donuts and to the leadership of the City of Campbell that we have our FEELINGS HURT and think very poorly of the people of Campbell. We won’t stand for this kind of badness against people. We will actually kind of wander around shouting through bullhorns and such-like. We find that our legs cramp up a lot if we just stand.

Wear comfortable Tin Foil Hat and bring “drinkables”. T-shirts and signs will be provided; we don’t care what YOU want to say, we want you to say what WE WANT YOU TO SAY. You understand, we’re sure. If not, well…. it’s not important that you do. Just show up.

  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 1301332445

Silicon Valley Roller Girls face off against LA


Info from upcoming.com
The South Bay’s own Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League, Silicon Valley Roller Girls (San Jose, CA), will be hosting their second annual Hot August Fights. Back by popular demand, this year the Dot.Kamikazes of SVRG will face off against Angel City Derby Girls Rocket Queens (Los Angeles, CA). Hot August Fights will take place on Saturday August 8, 2009 at San Jose Skate (397 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose). Doors open at 6 p.m., and the bout gets underway at 7 p.m.

This is an all-ages bout featuring half-time show; raffle prizes; and more. Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black. After the bout, join the ladies of SVRG and ACDG for an after party at Jacks in San Jose. For more details about the bout and SVRG, please check our website and blog.

Tickets are currently for sale online at Brown Paper Tickets: $15 for adults and $6 for kids. Tickets at the door are $17 for adults and $8 for kids; babies in arms (two and under) are free. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will be donated to the John Muir Cancer Institute.

Effective 7/31/09, tickets are also for sale at Psycho Donuts, 2006 Winchester Blvd in Campbell, and at Streetlight Records, 980 S. Bascom Ave in San Jose. Tickets are available at the advance ticket price, without the service charge of purchasing them online!

… also, freakin’ ETHIOPIANS!

I didn’t even know there was an Ethiopian Review.  From “We Should All Be So Crazy”  :

Of course, by decrying what Psycho Donuts are doing, organizations like the National Alliance for Mental Illness have brought massive local and national publicity to the bakery as well as attention to themselves. As the saying goes, maybe they’re all crazy — as a fox.

… another party heard from

Mark Whittington writes, on Associated Content :

The controversy appears to be that of Jordan Zweigoron’s right to run a business and name his products whatever he wants to name them and people such as Oscar Wright who think that naming fattening food after mental conditions is somehow socially stigmatizing. One would want to have some kind of hard numbers that calculate the number of mentally ill people who do not seek treatment because of the social stigma and the number who do not do so because of some silly confection named CocoMarbles. One is not sure what term can be applied to people with the need to be perpetually angry at someone or something, like a strangely themed donut shop. That might make a name for a pretty potent confection.

Exactly right.  For all their emoting, folks like Oscar Wright and NAMI simply don’t make their case.

Psycho Donuts on Fox News

Click here for the video.  Before seeing this, I didn’t realize that Oscar Wright has never set foot in the donut shop.  At least he wasn’t pushing the “it’s all about the children” line.

I wish ol’ Oscar would explain how these donuts are supposedly creating “confusion”, “fear” and “discrimination”… he just keeps asserting it.

LA Coroner’s Office Gift Shop!

Y’know, this blog seems like a great place to mention Skeletons in the Closet, the Coroner’s gift shop.  What with all the hyperbole linking donuts to cancer and other various forms of death, you’d think death-in-general would be on the table.

Anyhoo, the gift shop has had great stuff for years and years..  including body bags, die-cast metal hearse toys, beach towels with chalk outlines and so on.  They are definitely worth checking out.

Ha[[y customer enjoys a chalk outline towel.

Happy customer enjoys a chalk outline towel.

The Circus will be in town this weekend…

Apparently the Assorted Nuts will be protesting Psycho Donuts this weekend.  Should be some entertainment for a warm, sunny day.  I’ll have to remember to bring a cold drink that goes with donuts.

Psycho Donuts really should start selling iced coffee…

Nami the Clown

Nami the Clown

Update: Psycho posting on craigslist.  (To be transcribed at a later date.)

Make Donuts, not War!

So let me see if I understand this. The protestors are mad over the shop’s name and theme? Really? It’s a donut shop, get over it. They showed some young woman who could barely spit out a complete sentence talking about how it was disrespectful to the soldiers coming home with head trauma. Um, no it isn’t. I don’t know the owners, I live on the other side of the country from this shop, and I can tell from here it’s just their shtick and that they mean no disrespect to anyone. Where in that shop does it say they are making fun of disabled soldiers? Where in the shop does it call out the fact they are making fun of any mental patients?

(From “Time to make the donuts” on the Stop Destroying Our Country blog.)

Dough Boy

More comment-y cluelessness…

“chatostewart” asks the musical question

Wow, I wonder if you would be siding with the discriminating Donuts shop if made a joke out of something that has caused you years of pain and suffering? What if … your loved one died of cancer, would you eat a Colon Cancer Hole[?]

Sorry, but the word “Cancer” is not the main reason I’d avoid that particular food.

Hint: it begins with “C”.  I’ll wait…

… still waiting …

… time’s almost up …

Right!  The word is “Colon”.  “Colon”  is not a yummy word… in fact, it represents the opposite of eating.  Adding the word “hole” only underlines the problem…. making “Cancer” the most appetizing word in the name.  Ironic, ain’t it?

Cancer  Doughnut (Astrologically speakin')

Cancer Doughnut (Astrologically speakin') - yum

Well, OK maybe the crab-shaped donut was not the most attractive thing, but compare that to this :

Colon - yucky

Colon - yucky


Oh yeah, remember that there are far worse pictures of colons out there.  You know this to be true. 

Psycho blogger compares John F Kennedy to a doughnut

No, really.  He did.  Even when posting ALL IN CAPS LIKE HE’S YELLING, he still doesn’t surpass the ice pick page for sheer over-the-to-ness.

Here’s a handy guide for the perplexed :

Fig. A - Pastry

Fig. A - Pastry

Fig B - Pastry

Fig B - Pastry

Fig C - President

Fig C - President

Fig D - Pastry

Fig D - Pastry

Fig E - President (full of pastries)

Fig E - President (full of pastries)

Fig F - Pastry pretending to be President

Fig F - Pastry pretending to be President

I hope this clears everything up.

A disturbing point made in the Psycho Donuts “debate”

At a certain point in the discussion, Oscar Write quoted some study or other that stated the 66% of parents expressed “concern” with “medication”.

He said it like it was a bad thing.

It seems that there is a fair amount of evidence that children are being over medicated these days, so surely any parent worth their salt would be concerned about medicating their child. It just stands to reason.

Anyhow Wright was using this as yet another example of some bad thing that could somehow be attributed to the “stigma” that can somehow be blamed on donuts.

Some impressions on the Psycho Donut “debate”

Well, Psycho Donuts owner Kipp Berdiansky and Oscar Wright had their chat this morning at 6:30 am on local channel, KTVU.   This is a result of a few local groups  having decided to become offended by local Donut Shop, Psycho Donuts.  (The protesters seem to have gone away at this point, having been reduced to posting yelp spam and blog rants.)

Here’s a few impressions.

Oscar Wright didn’t seem to really be able to tie his argument together; he seemed to think that merely saying that 3 kajillion kids would have mental health problem X.  Since he had a vague notion that Psycho Donuts would somehow worsen problem X, he simply assumed that all right-thinking people would therfore see that the donut shop was very, very bad.  It’s the kind of argument that people that already agree with you will accept, but has not power to convince, or even explain.

An example :  “1 out of 5 children per year(!) consider suicide” … was given as a reason why the “images children are bombarded with” need to be controlled.   Then, wee’re meant to leap to the conclusion that a big part of these “images” is … having a donut or two.   No reasosn are really given, they are links in a chain of assumption.

The assertion that things must be done “for the children”.  Helen Lovejoy killed the raw force of that argument years ago; unless some kind of evidence is given to indicate that “the children” are being harmed, it’s very easy to laugh off.

For the last several minutes of the discussion, Wright tried to get Berdiansky to agree some kind of The Grand Sixty Day Plan he’d cooked up.  First, he asked if Berdiansky would agree to “talk off air”, when that seems agreeable, more an more was added (it started to sound  like Wright wanted a series of meeings with many, many people).  Next, he wanted the meetings to be about making a plan to change the dout shop… which kind of an arrogant thing to ask from a business owner (“Hey, let’s split the difference on how you run your business.”)  Apparently Wright was a regional administartor in California’s Small Business Administration bureaucracy.  Maybe that kind of  background gets one  in the habit of seeing businesses as owing you concessions.

Oh, at the end of sixty days, Wright wnats to issue a joing press release. Huh.

Berdiansky asked Wright to share soem of his suggestions out in the open (they were, after all, both on TV to inform the public). Wright expressed  reluctance to come forward with his “plan” for changing Psycho Donuts – he said he wished to avoid the “sensationalism” of discussing it on TV in “one or two minutes”.

With all due respect for Rosy Chu, this is a show being shown at 6:30 am, with probably dozens of viewers. What would be the harm in giving a rough idea?  I live in Campbell; I don;t think that blood woukld flow in the streets if Wrights Ideal Donut Shoppe concepts turned out to be lame.

More later, pr’haps…

CNSNews.com Political Correctness Watch Donuts

From article posted today :

“We made it very different, because if we didn’t, it would be like any other donut shop. Because our donuts look and taste crazy, we chose a fitting name. Because donuts have no feelings, they won’t be upset that we’re making fun of them.” Berdianski wrote.

“Because we love Campbell, we chose our location. Because we will not fire our eight employees, we won’t shut down the shop. Because of First Amendment rights, we won’t change our name. Some groups are going after us…because they are bullies.

“Because there are a million donut shops, everyone has a choice. Because most people have a sense of humor and like our donuts, we are thriving.”

It’s actually kinda funny how permutations of the same article can be posted for months on end…

Wow! *Another* donut shop for the list… in Seattle!

I’d complete forgotten about Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts; reminded by the Something We Dreamed blog.

Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever have a chance to go to Murder Burger. Too far.

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